Melrose special community school in Merton is in the top five per cent of all UK schools for individual pupil progress according to the government’s contextual value added measure. The school is also in the top 20% of UK special schools.
Other schools in Merton enjoying success include Rutlish secondary school which came in the top 100 most improved schools in England. Merton’s primary schools also have cause for celebration with Holy Trinity Church of England school (Wimbledon), Dundonald Primary School (Wimbledon), Bishop Gilpin Church of England School (Wimbledon) all in the top 150 primary schools in England for attainment. St Mark’s Primary School (Mitcham) and Singlegate Primary School (Wimbledon) feature in the top 50 schools where there has been significant improvement for individual pupils as they move up the school.
Melrose head teacher Stephen Childs said: “I am very proud of our pupils. We are a small school and our pupils can find academic learning particularly challenging. In spite of this, they have demonstrated a determination to succeed. Their hard work, and that of our dedicated staff here and with our educational partners, has really paid off. I hope our pupils’ success will be an inspiration to the rest of the school.”
Merton Council cabinet member for education Councillor Peter Walker said: “All our teachers across Merton’s schools continue to work very hard to provide a quality education for a huge range of pupils throughout the borough. Melrose has done extremely well in its results as have our mainstream schools. They are a clear demonstration that working hard achieves results.”
Note to editors
The Contextual Value Added measure compares pupils’ exam results with those of other similar pupils nationally who had similar prior attainment. In addition to pure attainment, other factors outside the school’s controls are taken into account including gender, special educational needs, movement between schools and family circumstances.